I’ve noticed a lot of weird things happen when you go through a life changing accident, and I’m not talking about the physical side of things (in this case a spinal cord injury). I’m talking about the way the mind wraps itself around such a thing. As the years pile on of living with quadriplegia, […]
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The human body is a marvel. Somehow it ended up with the ability to cool itself via sweat, but when you have a spinal cord injury this ability is turned off. Many are shocked to hear this, but when you have a spinal cord injury, you really can no longer sweat. Not surprisingly, this can […]
Body positive messaging is more popular than ever, and it’s about time. For too long wheelchair-users have only felt like they were less than. It’s not easy rolling around this world looking up. As a wheelchair-user for many many years, I know that maintaining a decent self esteem is difficult.
When you’re paralyzed, hating your feet is usually something that comes along for the ride. Maybe it’s because they don’t listen to your brain waves anymore, or maybe it’s because they get puffed up and never fit in shoes right. Or maybe it’s because they’re a targeted fetish of weirdos on the internet. Sigh. Whatever […]
There comes a time in everybody’s life when you decide whether not you should have a child, or as my snarky friends like to call it, breed. And as a woman in her late thirties, this is especially true. You think, “Should I try to have a baby before it’s too late?” But then you […]
I have been enamored with e-motion power assist wheelchair rims the moment I laid eyes on them. That was years ago. They never seemed like a real possibility with all of my massive power wheelchair use, but now that I’m a demoing power assist wheelchairs I knew I’d finally get a shot to try them. […]
I’ve always wanted to be liked, but after my injury that became a lot more difficult. The reason being – the wheelchair. No one is comfortable around them, not even dogs. Most people and animals have an off-putting reaction to a wheelchair. Typically it’s pity, fear (expressed by children, old people afraid of the speed […]
Nineteen years ago things were a lot different the way my health insurance regarded the kinds of wheelchairs one needs. Back in 1998, I was able to get a supplemental wheelchair, a manual one, in addition to having a power wheelchair. All I needed was a physical therapist’s letter of recommendation, and it was a […]
For any quadriplegics out there wondering what it’s like to finally try a power assist tech on a manual wheelchair after years of using a power wheelchair, this blog post is for you. I have been using a power chair for over 20 years and am looking into getting a power assist manual wheelchair. The […]
The longer you live with a spinal cord injury, it’s inevitable you become an expert in all-things related to paralysis, and this is exactly what’s happened to me. It’s been 24 years, but I’ve learned a lot and shared a lot.